Bedford Park Garden Suburb :: Shared Description

Although not originally called a garden suburb, it can realistically claim to be the first such, predating Hampstead Garden Suburb.
The aim of the developer, John Carr, was to create a relatively green landscape, using the existing mature trees in the area, resulting in the relatively unstructured road layout of the initial development.
Development commenced in 1875, Carr joined up with leading architects of the period to create stylish houses in the current Aesthetic style, firstly Edwin William Godwin, with whom he fell out after just a few years, and later Robert Norman Shaw, who was nationally recognised.
With the community and social facilities included in the development, it became a fashionable place to live, with many artistic residents, remaining so for around 40 years.
By the middle of the 20th century it had however declined, with many properties having passed into multiple ownership. Demolition of a couple of properties around 1960 alerted people to the importance of the area, resulting in the formation of the Bedford Park Society. Owing to its efforts, 356 properties, effectively the whole of the initial 1875 to 1885 phase of development were listed by 1967, and the whole area became a conservation area under the auspices of the two London Boroughs, Ealing and Hounslow, in which Bedford Park lies.
The result has been a considerable reversion to single ownership, and virtually complete refurbishment of the houses.
by Alan Murray-Rust
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TQ2078 : South Parade | Esmond Road postbox (ref. W4 30) by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2078 : Bedford Park Mansions by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : Shell Porch, 4 Priory Gardens by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : The Tabard and Mulliners Coach Works by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : 1, Woodstock Road, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : Blenheim Road, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : 38 Bath Road by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : 6,5,4 and 3 South Parade by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : Bedford Park railings by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : Blandford Road by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : 1, Priory Gardens, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : 51 Woodstock Road by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : The Vicarage, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : Priory Avenue | Priory Gardens postbox (ref. W4 53) by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : Houses on Priory Avenue, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : 23 and 25 Woodstock Road, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : Woodstock Road | Blenheim Road postbox (ref. W4 27) by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : Priory Gardens, 1880 by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : Houses on Priory Avenue, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2179 : Woodstock Road by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : Porch of 28 Bath Road by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2078 : 4, The Orchard by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2178 : St Michael and All Angels, Bedford Park by Alan Murray-Rust
TQ2079 : Marlborough Crescent, Bedford by Alan Murray-Rust


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Created: Tue, 17 Jan 2012, Updated: Tue, 17 Jan 2012

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